Tiger Woods Withdraws from 2016 Safeway Open: Latest Comments, Reaction

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Published: October 10, 2016

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Tiger Woods is withdrawing from the 2016 Safeway Open, announcing the decision in a statement on his website:

After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.

When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn't have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn't ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation's event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.

I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn't what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I'm close, and I won't stop until I get there.

Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel (via Ryan Lavner) was the first to report the news, with Sam Weinman of Golf Digest providing more information behind the decision.

Weinman wrote Monday: "According to Woods' confidante Notah Begay III, Woods, who underwent two back surgeries last year, is physically healthy, but concerns about his short game were enough to force him to postpone a return."

"His game wasn't where he wanted it to be," Begay said on the Golf Channel, per Weinman.

The news comes just three days after Woods announced he would be playing the event, according to Adam Silverstein and Kyle Porter of CBS Sports. Woods had also hinted in September he would be returning to action for the Safeway Open.

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